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  1. Isaiah 51:3 (NIV) “The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ God's healing for His children is as all-encompassing as salvation itself. This healing is for the whole remnant of believing Israel, the Church, the believer. This can have a life-long, calming effect on the believer, for every life has had ruins. Many lives experience ruins. Some are headed to ruin, unless they fall back on the grace of God for mercy and protection. In the Lord, all ruins can be removed, rebuilt, or left as monuments to a greater grace. The latter being an endowment of blessed vision.+ Whichever way, newness endures. New structure for "new creations"* The most improbable candidates for restoration (wastelands) find their renovation in our Compassionate God. When one happily sings, the vibrations of celebration affect the whole body. This is a healing effect. The joy of the Lord is meant to be like that. It is our strength.** Let the people rejoice.*** All her ruins come under the gaze and grace of God's loving care. ________ + Hebrews 11:1 * 2 Corinthians 5:17 ** Nehemiah 8:10 *** Psalm 68:3 The opening Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
  2. I greatly appreciate your feedback and encouragement, dumasfils. What’s more, exhortation. Should you teach on this venue, I would look forward to joining. We’re glad you joined CW. Be blessed.
  3. (The title I make by borrowing from dumasfils' words in a Poetry Club post. I recommend reading Psalm 8:4-8 first. Well, my South Carolinian accent showed when I wrote it "divine". I was mentally pronouncing it DE-vine) What is man, the “I” in “Me”? That mindful massing of dignity Sprung on earth, in angels’ care To serve creation off the chair. Up! Grab the works of divine hands! What is written still commands A tending by the human heart of fish, fowl, sheep, foals—out of the Ark But most of all thy fellow man, Each gifted “I” from Great I Am.
  4. dumasfils: Brother, your words "exalt the I in me. Beauty=that which exalts"--well, those leapt off the page as I read them. Made me think of Psalms 8:4-8 and I felt prompted to write a poem, borrowing from your verbiage. I share that in another Poetry Club post. Be blessed.
  5. Ky_GirlatHeart, your poem is inspiring and motivates the heart. Wow.
  6. I'm travelling from Deep South to Michigan for some deep dish. May take turkey jerky for grandkids.
  7. Hi dumasfils. I find "Consider Well" very moving. In another way, I barely move as I consider. To be genuine, to give a sound with meaning to another, there are things about myself I must take care of. There are a few "beams" in the mix.
  8. After reading John 1:1-34 Look, the Lamb, look! He is like none other. A speck of His light Heals the eye, blinds accusers. Lift up your heads For the remnants of Heaven Prepare in wonder A coming New Jerusalem. Unlimited Unction Fell on the Lamb, Replaced royal robes That Glory gave back Once Jesus went up, Teth’ring God’s heart to man, When the Son left a chalice Of grace in our hands.
  9. (after reading Luke 23:44-56* and Matthew 27:19**) Sabbath was coming, Christ’s work was done. An Arimathean Bore witness, placed the Witness in rock. His secret devotion Was unmasked in a vote, He would say “No” Before Pilate’s “Yes” groaned. The Roman’s wife Had warned how a dream About Yeshua Upset her world scheme. But the world would view A washing of hands, A giving way To a coup in Graceland. The Galilee ladies Went home to rest In obedience to the Father Whose Son lay wrapped in death. Little did they know (Though the prophets said much) A new day would usher In Life after the hush. __________ * https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+23%3A44-56&version=EHV ** https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27%3A19&version=EHV
  10. Probably starts with the patient taking a calming tea after watching TV media pundits for the first time
  11. All I can say is, I have been quietly consolidating a paper trail (contacts, lists of assets with suggestions, etc) in case I take the Gospel train first. This thinking is creeping into everything I do, like “If I buy this, of what use would it be to her?”, “would she care to live by herself in that neighborhood if we got that house now?” Running on that assumption, why, I’ve learned to take better care of myself. The longer face time, the better, I figure.
  12. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (NIV – James 1:4-5)* Come let us ask God for more wisdom; We are assured He does not find fault. Each time, it is like a clean slate petition, There’s a generous response whenever we call. How can we doubt God’s tender mercies? Perseverance comes from quiet confidence In Abba’s kind, compassionate choosing Enabling weak knees to worship and bend… …and touch the ground, where we began, Dust of the earth, formed by God’s breath. When Spirit came, the change was profound Within simple shapes where Love made a home. He finds no fault, oh how direct! The Lamb of God by His own righteousness Covers His sheep, in wisdom protects. We cheer as we walk in no-fault Righteousness! It is no default, this is His Being, The Great I Am, far from ever changing. As east from west on a plane shall not meet, Favor's dimension is full liberty. ____________ * Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (registered). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
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